Summer Quilty Goodness ~

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Hi there!  Summer is going by so fast… as always… as life always does!  And so goes my quilting days, too.  The time just speeds by for me in pure pleasure {even with a ripper in my hands at times!}… , and I LOVE LOVE IT! There’s just something about summer that motivates me and adds  energy to my days… …

bobcat prowl ~ my new collage pattern!

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good morning folks ~here he is.  several students and customers have asked about “when i was going to do a bobcat?” well, here it is:   my montana bobcat collage, titled “bobcat prowl.”  he’s right at home, and on the hunt in  “the bob” ~ that’s the montana nickname for the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in the rocky mountains.  as …

christmas collage a’peel ~ and classes!

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hello ~boy have we enjoyed the relief of blessed rain these past few weeks, and it’s also been a great motive to dive into… yes… christmas!  now i’m not anxious to bring on the season, but after seeing a few really charming christmas quilts hanging at the sewing palace in helena, i was inspired to start thinking about it ~and …

a retro confetti parade ~ courtesy of ex libris fabric panel by alison glass

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well… hello! i’m back from a sweet~sweet time at flathead lake with girlfriends, and it was a wonderful week {and a few days too!} i have more about all of that coolness… later!  time for a little blog catchin’ up ~ here is a bit of fusible and experimenting with my accuquilt die cut, combined with  lots of thread, yarn, …

peachy summer feathers ~

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hello ~first, all i can say is “score!”because this hand dyed fabric from vicki welsh is a one-of-a-kind special piece… simply because she doesn’t really make it anymore. a bit of summer and sunshine in a piece of fabric.  happy and bright, warm and enticing ~ and even a bit of a tropical feel, too, especially because of the aqua colored 100% polyester thread …

it’s a big love bouquet collage ~

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hello ~ introducing  “big love bouquet” i had only a couple  guidelines in mind when creating this  brand new design: ~ use graphic fabrics from my stash ~ incorporate multiple large fused flower shapes ~ add words  and… have fun… don’t forget to smile working it all out… keep it simple… remember… how sweet it is ~ life is good! and …

my painted pony collage ~ sunblossom is here!

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hello ~ “he’s here…  he’s here!”those were  the very words i exclaimed as i ran from the pasture into my parent’s house early one morning… after having checked on our paint mare, “spook” who was due to foal any day that spring morning back in 1970.  i was so incredibly excited to find my dream come true ~ that pretty …

collaged runner ~ hello beauties

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hello beauties!!no… i haven’t stopped making collages.  nor cutting out flower shapes!  as some commercial or something like that once said… “a day without  cuttable, fusible, flowers… is a day without sunshine?!!”  ok.  maybe not.  but it works for me! just a small table runner that says “hello my spring beauties” and i say that to each of you who …

glacier park forest shadows ~

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happy friday!i’m humbled, and honored {and totally thrilled} to be featured on the superior blog today!  … perhaps you will take a few minutes to stop by and read my thoughts and inspiration behind “northern night lights,” a thread painted art quilt which was created just for superior. {posted here on the blog} back in the studio ~ once again, {and always!} …

red sunset gradient ~ finished

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happy thursday everyone!as promised from my earlier post {see here} here’s the finished piece from vicki’s red sunset gradient, and i decided to use three different thread colors, from the “twist” line of 40 wt polyesters from superior threads, leading out of the gate is the “light/medium blue” twist. and the green twist: and the fun feather practice in sweet …

autumn, and a gradient with a twist ~

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hello ~our autumn colors are flying away on the warm winds, and cool breezes, as we take in vistas of snowy mountain tops from the flat of the prairies… but the inspiration is still so pretty…and i hunker down in my studio, and pull out fabrics that remind me of those early fall days… this piece of hand dyed fabric is …

superior thread with feathers on leather ~

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happy friday friends ~glad to have put a bit of a 24-hour bug behind me, and show a project that’s been on hold, but one i am anxious to pick back up and… finish!  yup.  more feathers.  and they’re on leather.  this is “faux leather” and a polyester based fabric.  so that means it is completely washable.and i’m using magnifico …

“northern night lights” ~ for superior threads

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hello! my oh my, where has the week gone?  wait ~ i remember. perfecting a buttermilk biscuit recipe… test driving a mid-arm quilting machine at a local quilt store {babylock}; studying isaiah, {i’m leading bible study and giving the messages for awhile!}, and i’ve joined a local gym to help alleviate joint {hip} pain issues, sending out orders from my etsy …

autumn splendor ~ a hand painted quilt

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good day ~ leaves… leaves… leaves!  always a fun, artistic motif to play with, especially this time of year.  and i have a gorgeous view in my imagination!this is how it plays out: first, i hand-painted the leaves with silks acrylic glaze paints. and i added free motion quilting in two motifs, tiny stippling and miniature feathers.  a bit of bobbin …